So, I understand that the game is supposed to be hard, but I’ve had way too many problems playing the UK.
Every single game, quite literally, I get a constant series of credit rating downgrades that I couldn’t reasonably prevent or do anything about. This always leads to a debt crisis before the halfway point of my first term. I’ve completely given up on playing as the UK.
This is a screenshot of my recent game, one turn I had a 5bn pound surplus, and the next turn I get a credit rating downgrade for dropping to a 1bn pound deficit. Next turn, debt crisis. This is not unusual, I’ve eliminated the deficit in at least 4 games, each time it drops back to a deficit for any reason I get an instant credit rating downgrade before I have an opportunity to respond.
This is most egregious on left wing play throughs, and basically makes any hope of getting to simulate policy positions I actually agree with completely impossible. Meanwhile, even if I play a center-right/libertarian playthrough trying to balance the budget and get debt under control, I run into the same problems.
Another problem I’ve had is the Corporate Exodus problem. Doesn’t matter what I do, but every time I play the UK if I make even a little move toward stronger labor rights I get a Corporate Exodus. Also, there is either a bug with the impact on the problem, or a severe case of complete insanity. This is the latest, and most egregious example, where corporate taxes were only 19%, but it was listed as the largest cause of the corporate exodus. It’s just absurd.
Labor Laws are only slightly moved towards pro-union.
Work Safety is also unchanged.
This turns the entire game, every single time, into cutting services and raising taxes. I’ve joked that the game turns into Austerity Simulator, because that’s what it feels like.
At this point I’ve completely given up on playing the UK. Meanwhile I can play Germany while barely needing to bother with elections. The difficulty of different nations are really wild, I can never lose at Germany, the US is a good and fun challenge, and the UK is unplayable.
I don’t know if I’m just terrible at the game, I’m admittedly pretty new to it, but I can’t figure out anything I can do to solve the problem. The thing is, it’s only playing as the UK, I don’t have nearly as much trouble as the US.